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This article was published 24/1/2011 (3646 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg family that relied on the media and public sympathy to raise enough money to bring their critically injured father home from Panama now wants to be left alone.
The family of Greg Coy released a statement through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority this morning stating that they returned to Winnipeg Sunday and Coy is now in stable condition and recovering in a local hospital.
"We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us emotionally and financially through this difficult journey," the Coy family said in their statement. "Your overwhelming support has helped us ensure our father will be taken care of.
"While we know the road to recovery will be long, we are happy he will be taken care of and that we can be close by."
Greg Coy suffered critical injuries in a Dec. 9 mudslide that killed his wife, Susanna Mureil, her son, his wife and their infant daughter.
The Central American country had been hit by heavy rains and floods for several days. At least 10 people were killed and thousands others evacuated. The weather conditions forced the closure of the Panama Canal.
Coy’s children, Kristin, 27, and Josh, 20, began a public plea for help to raise funds to purchase airline tickets so they could be with their father. Once in Panama, the children went public again, claiming their father wasn’t receiving necessary treatment because he had no health insurance.
Now safely back in Winnipeg, the Coy family said they are grateful to the media for its help in raising the necessary funds but they are now asking for privacy while their father recovers.
"Until then we are asking (the media) refrain from contacting us either by phone, text or email so that we can continue to focus on our Dad and his road to recovery."